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ASRock Fatal1ty and Extreme4 Z270 motherboards detailed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 9:18 pm

Specs and details ASRock's new Fatal1ty and Extreme4 Z270 motherboards have surfaced, giving us a good look at the boards ahead of their CES 2017 showcase.




With Intel's seventh-gen Kaby Lake CPUs on their way, hardware-makers are busy readying their fleets of new 200-series motherboards, giving consumers lots of possible upgrade mobo paths to Z270 chipset adoption. ASRock's new Fatal1ty Gaming K6 and Extreme4 mobos use the LGA1151 socket and support both 7th-gen Kaby Lake and 6th-gen Skylake processors, and also have native support for Intel's new high-end Optane 3DXpoint 3D NAND SSD storage lineup.


Let's start with ASRock's Extreme4 Z270 motherboard. This is a standard ATX motherboard that features HDMI, DVI-D, and D-Sub display slots (no DisplayPort), three PCIe 3.0 x16 lanes (two of which are outfitted with steel bracing) that support up to three AMD GPUs in CrossFireX or two NVIDIA GPUs in SLI. The Extreme4 Z270's four DDR4 DIMM slots can power up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4-3866 memory. Storage outlets include eight SATA III 6Gb/s ports and two M.2 sockets. The Extreme4 features eight USB 3.0 ports, and two USB 3.1 ports (Type-A and Type-C) on the rear. Onboard LED and RGB lighting on the header splash some style to the mobo.

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Overwatch's Bastion reborn as epic 3D printed PC build

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 8:17 pm

Armed with a 3D printer, a lot of gumption, and technical prowess, PC case modder Jan Erik Vangen has built a custom PC inside of Overwatch's favorite chirpy robot.




Bastion was crafted piece-by-3D-printed-piece using a MakerBot Replicator, and was then assembled like a basic Gundam model and hand-painted by Vangen (yes, he even chirps!). The result is a stunning rendition that will have any Bastion fan in total admiration mode.


Since form factor is an issue, the mech-turned-chassis doesn't have a fully-fledged gaming PC with a dedicated desktop GPU inside, but it still is fully capable of playing Overwatch. Instead of a fully-fledged PC, Vangen fastened an ASRock Beebox-S mini-PC inside of Bastion's chest. The Beebox-S rocks an Intel Core i5 6200U CPU with HD Graphics 520, which is enough to power Overwatch.

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Amazon deal smashes Final Fantasy XV price in half

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 6:21 pm

Amazon has just released their latest Final Fantasy XV deal online, just in time for a last-minute Christmas present.




For $34.99, customers can purchase Final Fantasy XV for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, nearly 50% off the original price released only a month ago. In addition to the discounted price, customers will receive a portion of the DLC Holiday Pack and Holiday Pack Plus.


Grab Final Fantasy XV on the Xbox One here.

Grab Final Fantasy XV on the PS4 here.

Super Mario Run downloads hit 40 million in four days

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 5:19 pm

Super Mario Run may not have impressed investors, but Apple iOS users everywhere have snapped up the free-to-try mobile game, which led to an astounding 40 million total downloads.



Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Run has amassed 40 million downloads in four days of availability on Apple iOS, smashing milestones like the no. 1 free game on iOS in 140 countries and ranking in the top 10 out of 100 most profitable App Store games.


Interestingly enough, Super Mario Run's launch was met with disdain from shareholders and investors, who saw Nintendo's mobile business strategy as a potential roadblock to revenue earnings. This caused Nintendo shares to slide by 5%, representing billions of potential market loss. Super Mario Run is free to download, but only the first 3 levels are free, with the rest of the game being locked behind a $10 paygate. What's more is that Super Mario Run is online-only and requires a persistent cellular or Wi-Fi internet connection to play, and eats up about 75MB per hour of play.

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Apple's Campus 2 has changed a lot in the past 6 months

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 4:32 pm

Apple's enormous campus in Cupertino is scheduled to open in 2017, and the latest drone footage from YouTube user Matthew Roberts shows how much the spaceship-like structure changed in the last six months.




The building is the brainchild of the late CEO, Steve Jobs, and designed by acclaimed architect, Lord Norman Foster. Steve Jobs spent a large part of two years on the project before his death in 2011.


The construction started in 2013, and you can see in the newest footage that it's almost ready for its grand opening.

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Nintendo Switch console to hit 1080p medium preset

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 3:16 pm

If you had any doubts that Nintendo's new Switch transforming console and handheld hybrid would scale its performance across its two modes, then we have some actual hard evidence for you.




Since the Nintendo Switch supports Unreal Engine 4, one sleuthing NeoGAF user thought to check UE4's master .bin for any mention of the Switch...and lo and behold, they discovered the Switch's UE4 display profiles. The profiles tell us quite a bit about the Nintendo Switch's overall power, indicating that the Switch will indeed be more powerful while docked in its cradle, and with the GPU downclocking to reduce fidelity and graphical settings while in handheld mode to reduce heat and battery drain. The UE4 profiles not only scale down graphical effects and settings, but also reduce the screen size to compensate for the display switch from a 1080p HDTV to the Switch's portable 6.2-inch 720p display. This corroborates Eurogamer's reports that the Nintendo Switch's Tegra GPU hits 768MHz while docked, and drops down to 302MHz while on-the-go, and further corroborates our reports gleaned from the patents on the Switch's variable perf. But now we have an idea of what graphics settings will be downgraded in that jump.


According to the display profiles (see after the break) we can expect the Nintendo Switch to hit rough relative performance of 1080p Medium settings while docked, and 720p low settings while in handheld mobile mode. For comparison's sake, the PS4 and Xbox One typically render games at High graphics preset. The GAFfer mentions that the Switch's UE4 console settings are "a notch lower than the UE4 defaults used on PC, PS4 and XB1. They probably serve as a good starting point to get a PS4/XB1 UE4 game to run acceptably on the Switch."

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Model S owner turns his garage into a Tesla showroom

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 2:25 pm

It's pretty safe to say that Tesla Motors doesn't have just customers, they have fans. And a video posted on YouTube by user DÆrik proves it.




In the video, Erik documented the transformation of his plain-looking garage to a Tesla showroom. He painted the wall red, installed the Tesla sign and even completed the look with the same stools and table that Tesla uses in several of its showrooms.


You can check out the entire process in the video and let us know what you think in the comments.

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AMD's new 16.12.2 drivers fix various issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 10:20 am

AMD has released their new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 16.12.2 drivers, taking care of some of those bugs and problems that some Radeon graphics card owners have been complaining about since the ReLive Edition drivers launched.




First off, we have fixes for the flashing and corruption issues found in Battlefield 1 when using Radeon RX 400 series graphics cards in CrossFire, various recording issues, and issues relating to the overlay/toolbar when Frame Rate Target Control is enabled, on the Radeon ReLive Edition drivers. The new driver also takes care of the performance-related issues with Borderless Fullscreen application mode when using FreeSync-enabled monitors.


The new drivers can be downloaded here.

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MSI's next-gen Z270 motherboards teased, Kaby Lake ready

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 8:24 am

'Tis the season for Kaby Lake leaks, with MSI ready to unleash their Z270 and H270 motherboards during CES 2017 - but the leaks are here, and MSI's new boards are looking mighty fine. MSI's 200-series motherboards include the GAMING, Tomahawk, Bazooka, and Pro brands - making me want to build a new gaming PC with a "Bazooka" themed motherboard.




MSI's next-gen 200-series motherboard lineup:


  • MSI Z270 Gaming M7
  • MSI Z270 Gaming M5
  • MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon
  • MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC
  • MSI Z270 KRAIT Gaming
  • MSI Z270 SLI
  • MSI Z270 PC Mate



MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon


Now, onto the motherboards that piqued my interest. Starting with the MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon, which rocks some beautiful Mystic Light RGB goodness, we have 4 x DDR4 DIMM slots that support 4000MHz+ RAM in OC mode. The DDR4 DIMM slots are protected by MSI's steel armor which will protect the PCB of the motherboard when installing your RAM.




As you can see, we have 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 ports for graphics cards, 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots as well as 2 x Turbo M.2 slots. MSI will be shipping the Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon with their new M.2 Shield that will protect, and cool down those super-hot NVMe-based M.2 SSDs that can get ridiculously hot - and lose considerable performance when they do get hot.

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LG's new 1080p projector bright enough for daytime use

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 21, 2016 6:48 am

LG has just unveiled their new ProBeam compact last projector, sporting a 1080p resolution and 2000 lumens of brightness - perfect for a budget home theater, and better yet - it can be used during the day.




The new LG ProBeam should throw out a sharp picture from its light 4.6 pound design, with its table-friendly form factor making it easy to setup and tweak when needed. Not only that, but ProBeam is capable of throwing audio to any Bluetooth speaker through its Sound Sync Adjustment technology, meaning you don't need to worry about that massive tangle of wires from your projector to your speakers.


LG has also included wireless mirroring through Miracast, so you can throw movies, TV episodes and videos from your smartphone or tablet onto the LG ProBeam. This makes the ProBeam a great choice for those with a smaller house or apartment, or as LG teases, let's you "stream TV shows on a camping trip", Linus style.

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